Our youngest students explore movement and music daily, and music and ballet classes are an integral part of the Lower School curriculum. In Middle School girls choose instrumental or voice performance, while Upper School students branch out in their pursuit of music through performing arts electives, such as concert choir, chamber ensemble, and wind ensemble. Over half of the students in Upper School are actively involved in at least one performing arts elective.
In the Upper School, everyone who wants to be a part of some type of musical ensemble can find her place.
The two largest ensembles, the Concert Choir and the Wind Ensemble, are open without audition and welcome anyone who shows a true desire to sing or play. Both groups perform a wide variety of literature from many diverse genres and cultures and the two groups often join forces on concerts to present transcriptions from movements of large- scale masterworks such as Handel's 'The Messiah' and Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana'.
While everyone is welcome in our large ensembles, there are many opportunities in the curriculum for those students who wish to pursue music in more depth. Chamber Ensemble is a small (12-16 members) choir, chosen by audition, which performs regularly at St. Mary's and throughout the greater Memphis community, including performances at St. Mary's Cathedral, the Tennessee governor's inauguration, and singing The Star Spangled Banner for such professional sporting events as Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Redbirds games.
We also offer a number of other music courses, including Advanced Placement Music Theory, Honors Music History, Musical Arts, and Beginning Guitar.
The girls' love of performing is not limited to curricular offerings, however. In the past, the students have organized themselves into a jazz band and a chamber orchestra that are coached by a member of the St. Mary's music faculty but meet outside of the school schedule.